Mana Maoli's talented audio engineers and storytellers.
Kelli Heath-Cruz - Project Lead Engineer/Instructor
Born and raised on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, Kelli joined the MM team in the 1900ʻs as an engineer, educator and mentor. She teaches project youth to use the solar-powered mobile studio she serves as an educational resource to further develop hands-on skills and knowledge in engineering, video and music production, and project management.
Keanu Alop - Audio Engineer
Keanu Kaleikaumaka Kenui Dudoit Alop hails from the ahupua'a of Waipi'o in the Ewa district of O'ahu. Currently, he resides in old Mililani Town with his lovely little family, where they are blessed with rain when the sun rises, and again when it sets.
Keanu joined the Mana Maoli team 5 years ago as an intern, while wrapping up his Audio Engineering degree at Honolulu Community College.
While enjoying his time as an audio engineer, he also enjoys: hula, fishing, bodyboarding, golfing, hiking, cooking, going to the gym and spending time with his loved ones.
Kiley Kochi - Digital Media Content Producer
Aloha, my name is Kiley Kochi and I was born and raised on Maui. I am alumni of King Kekaulike High School in upcountry Maui. I started at Mana Maoli in 2020 as an intern, when I was a student at UH Manoa. I am a Digital Media Content Producer and work on shooting and editing video projects. In my free time I enjoy powerlifting and going to the beach.
Brad Watanabe - Kumu/Engineer
Brad Watanabe is a musician from the island of Oʻahu. He has worked for Mana Maoli as a teacher, mentor, and engineer for 6 years. Brad is an advocate for the Hawaiian language, working in Hawaiian immersion schools and volunteering his time to promote and normalize its use in everyday life.